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REACTION TO NTSB FINDING IN TWA FLIGHT 843 ACCIDENT

 WASHINGTON, March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The following statement was issued today by the Air Line Pilots Association in response to the National Transportation Safety Board findings in the TWA Flight 843 accident:
 We are pleased that the National Transportation Safety Board's findings reflected two of the most important causes in this accident. We especially applaud the manner in which the board departed from its past practices in structuring the probable cause statement. In the past, the NTSB's statements of probable and contributing cause artificially separated and prioritized the various elements leading to an accident. The decision here to list all elements as multiple parts of the probable cause and put them in chronological order makes better sense in terms of accident investigation. It also should foster better understanding by the public as to how this accident occurred.
 Having said that, nevertheless we are disappointed that the board cited the crew's actions as part of the statement of probable causes. The crew was faced with an extremely difficult decision at an extremely vulnerable part of the flight. In our view the crew responded appropriately and in accordance with trained procedures, given the limited amount of time and information at their disposal.
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 /CONTACT: John Mazor of the Air Line Pilots Association, 202-797-4060/


CO: Air Line Pilots Association; National Transportation Safety
 Board ST: District of Columbia IN: AIR SU:


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